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26/11 Norwegian survivors want lifer for Kasab

mumbai Updated: Nov 22, 2010 20:21 IST

Pakistani terrorist Ajmal Kasab should be given life sentence as capital punishment would allow jihadis to portray him as a hero, a Norwegian couple who survived the 26/11 terror attacks said.

Arne Stromme, 55, who was hit on his face by a bullet during the attack, and his girlfriend Line Kristin Woldbeck, arrived on Monday for the first time after the terror strikes.

"If he (Kasab) is killed as per legal procedures, the jihadis will portray him as a hero. Instead, he should be given life sentence," Line, an executive in marketing communications firm, told PTI.

Arne, too, echoed similar views that Kasab should not be awarded death sentence.

Recounting their horrifying experience, the Norwegian, who was to leave the city on November 29, said, "I, Line and an Indian woman were dining at the restaurant (Cafe Leopold) when some unidentified persons barged in and started firing indiscriminately."

"We all ducked under the table but one bullet gazed through my face injuring me seriously. We were trapped at the cafe for 45 minutes."

The terrorists did not stop with that, recollected Line. "They shot several people from very close range. It was a very terrible experience I ever had."

Our Indian friend was also shot dead, she said, adding that "after a while, Army men (read commandos) came and rescued us. I felt betrayed when nobody turned up to save us from the Colaba police station located right in front of the Leopold."

The couple arrived to pay to pay tributes to the heroes and victims on the second anniversary of the barbaric attacks.

On November 26, 2008, Kasab, along with nine others, came through the sea route to Mumbai, and opened fire at various places including Leopold Cafe, Taj Mahal Hotel, Oberoi Hotel and CST station killing over 160 people.

The first attack occurred at about 9.30 pm at the Cafe Leopold.

Kasab was awarded death penalty by an anti-terror special court. The Bombay High Court is presently hearing a reference for confirmation of the death sentence awarded to the lone surviving 26/11 attacker.